- Determine budget
- Finalize design or prepare photos and ideas to work with contractor/builder
- Know your likes & dislikes
- Identify absolute needs vs wish list
- Confirm Property Zoning – The homeowner can provide their address to the planning department at the City, Municipality or Regional District related the their project and the department will provide important information needed to begin the project.
- Title Search – This will find out if there are easements or right of ways on the property.
- Determine utility locations on property as well as where they enter the house. For example: water, sewer, hydro, gas, telephone and cable.
- Obtain access to a survey of the property showing the location of the existing buildings. The homeowner can do this with the selected builder since they usually have a favorite.
- Have legal description of property can get this from a Yearly Property Assessment Notice
- Financing (if necessary)
What can a homeowner do before meeting with potential contractors/builders to get the most out of the first meeting?
There are many things that a homeowner can do before selecting a contractor/builder that can help both parties to accurately understand a project.